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Beim Einbruch in eine Apotheke erschießt die drogenabhängige Punkerin Nikita einen Polizisten. Sie wird geschnappt und zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt. Der Agent Bob wird auf die wilde, junge Frau aufmerksam und eröffnet ihr eine Alternative. Nikita lässt sich zur Spezialagentin ausbilden und erhält eine neue Identität. Nach außen führt sie ein bürgerliches, unauffälliges Leben, doch jeder neue Auftrag der Regierung bedeutet Blutvergießen, denn Nikita hat die Lizenz zum Töten. (Verleiher-Text)

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Marigold 

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Deutsch Typisch Besson in Höchstform. Er behandelt ein starkes und attraktives Thema, ohne sich zu sehr auf den Glanz und den ersten Plan zu konzentrieren, im Gegenteil: er konzentriert sich auf die unteren Strömungen und die Psychologie der Figuren. Die Action und die Spionagegloriolen werden taktvoll an den Rand gedrängt, dafür wird der menschlichen Dimension der Geschichte einer Frau, die eine zweite Chance erhält, umso mehr Raum gegeben. Der Action-Aspekt nimmt zwar nur wenig Raum ein, ist aber sehr einfallsreich umgesetzt und enthält eine gehörige Portion Zynismus, nicht unähnlich der späteren Poetik Tarantinos. Anne Parillaud spielt mit unglaublichem Engagement und bringt die drastische Wandlung ihrer Figur mit außerordentlicher Überzeugung rüber. Die Form von Besson zeigt sich auch in der "Säubermannsepisode", die dank der Leistung von Jean Reno zu den klassischen Filmmomenten des Weltkinos gehört. Mich persönlich stören der synthetische Soundtrack und das etwas schleppende Erzähltempo, aber Nikita ist immer noch ein absoluter Klassiker, und daran ändert auch das traditionell schwachsinnige amerikanische Remake nichts. ()

gudaulin 

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Englisch In the 80s, major studios in America came up with a barrage of action films that overshadowed the more artistic creations of the 70s and successfully filled movie theaters even in Europe. It was a period when European national cinemas could produce their own films, which, however, didn't reach distribution and merely filled the drawers of production companies. Luc Besson introduced the concept of a European action thriller, which may not have thrilled critics, but it renewed fans' trust in the ability of European creators to deliver gratifying entertainment to theaters. The film has a strong story, fascinating characters, and pervasive tension. Anne Parillaud became a recognized actress, offered several opportunities by Hollywood and overseas, and a remake of lesser quality was even made in America. Overall impression: 80%. ()

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Malarkey 

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Englisch The beginning was pretty rough, but then the movie calmed down a bit. Victor the Cleaner portrayed by Jean Reno, however, caused quite a change of plans. La Femme Nikita is a legendary movie. It seems to me that Luc Besson started his career with this movie and never really managed to exceed it. I mean even Leon is inspired by this film. Anne Parillaud quickly turns from a messy junkie into a beautiful chick. I’d never seen such a brutal transformation in a movie before. The only reason I can’t give this movie the full five-star review is that at times, the movie is pretty wacky. It’s a proper French crime movie, but sometimes it’s laced with a wacky scene intended to make the movie dynamic. Sometimes it’s a bit too much. ()

Othello 

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Englisch Perhaps the greatest acknowledgement for this film in general is to admit that Eric Serra's music was perhaps fitting in some of its scenes at times. Nikita is arguably Besson's creative peak and his most sensitive film. Watch the seamless transitions between the mood of the characters and the mood of the film. When Nikita sits in an upscale restaurant for the first time in three years at her birthday party, all naughty, only to end up with a huge gun she has to use to shoot several people, all of which turns into a inimitable kitchen massacre, the film has the same soundtrack and focal length throughout. Nikita presents us with a strangely disjointed world where agents sweat in hotel blinds with recording devices, spy contacts pass information in front of display windows, and Victor the Cleaner could be sitting in any car ready to cover up an entire botched operation. Behind these acts is a country represented in such cases not by Bond agents in the light of national ideals but by a kidnapped social underclass with no choice in the matter. After all, the film suggests several times that almost all the agents in it have a past similar to Nikita’s. And in all of this is a girl who never had the opportunity to be, only to "become". Hopefully only good things await her on her future journeys. "We’ll miss her." ()

Necrotongue 

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Englisch Even after thirty years, La Femme Nikita still has great atmosphere and the same effect on me as it did years ago when I first saw it. I enjoyed every moment of the film again, because even the slower parts had their charm, and I could look forward to Victor's arrival. It's beyond me how Luc Besson could have gotten so significantly worse over the years and started making films that don't even come close to this. ()

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